Towards a Better Life: A two-day SRV workshop

Towards a better life - the foundations of Social Role Valorisation (SRV)

Start: Thu 30 Nov, 2023 08:30 End: Fri 01 Dec, 2023 17:00

Location: WOTSO Dickson, 490 Northbourne Avenue


Event summary

Certain groups in society, including people with disability, the elderly, and indigenous people, are at risk of experiencing marginalisation and stigma. This often leads to discrimination and negative impacts on their lives.

Social Role Valorisation theory (SRV) offers a way to counteract this marginalisation and help people access the good things in life.

You’re invited to register for a two-day foundational SRV workshop, Towards a Better Life, to be held in Canberra in late November 2023. Join us to learn about Social Role Valorisation and its practical applications from Senior SRV Trainer Jane Sherwin and SRV Practitioner and co-teacher Aime Storer.

This workshop is one of our most popular events. Places are limited, so please secure your place to avoid disappointment.

  • Thursday, 30 November and Friday, 1 December 2023
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days (Please arrive by 8:30 am)
  • WOTSO Dickson, 490 Northbourne Avenue
  • Sponsored (free or low-cost) tickets are available (see below)

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Challenges for marginalised people

Some groups in our society are more likely to experience marginalisation and stigma than others. People with disability, the elderly, indigenous Australians, migrants, and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds are all at risk of living on the fringes of society. The discrimination they experience significantly impacts every aspect of their lives.

People with disability

  • are often educated in settings separate from regular classrooms
  • tend only to be offered limited employment options
  • are likely to be underemployed and/or paid very low wages, leading to financial insecurity
  • often have few or no relationships outside their family, leading to social isolation and loneliness
  • may experience difficulty accessing quality healthcare
  • often have insecure housing or are directed to group housing where they have limited agency.

In other words, marginalised people and groups often don’t have opportunities to enjoy the good things in life.

An infographic showing some of the good things in life

Life for a person with disability doesn’t have to be like this. There is a powerful way to counteract marginalisation.

It’s called Social Role Valorisation – SRV for short.

In its simplest form, SRV shows us how to support marginalised people to develop valued roles in every part of their lives. The more valued roles a person occupies, the more likely they will gain access to the good life.

We’ve seen countless examples of local people using SRV theory to help their loved ones with disability become valued students, friends, employees, business owners, flatmates, homeowners, neighbours, volunteers, leaders, partners, and countless other valued roles.

If this sounds like something you want for yourself, a family member, or someone you support, join us at a two-day workshop that we’re holding in Canberra in November 2023.

What you’ll learn in this workshop

You’ll learn

  • about the devastating impact of social devaluation
  • how SRV counteracts experiences of devaluation
  • to identify the good things in life and ensure potentially marginalised people can access them
  • how to help a person acquire valued social roles that lead to authentic inclusion in their community
  • and much more.

Don’t miss this foundational training if you are serious about seeking the good things in life for a person with disability.

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Workshop details

  • Towards a better life is a two-day, live workshop in Canberra
  • Thursday, 30 November and Friday, 1 December 2023
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days

All participants are encouraged to use this two-day event as a qualifier to do the PASSING workshop. PASSING is a practicum that teaches the use of an evaluation tool to look at the impact of human services on those who receive services.


  • WOTSO Dickson
  • 490 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602

Getting there

  • Limited free parking is available
  • There are several nearby parking stations offering all-day paid parking
  • The Dickson Bus Interchange is the nearest bus stop
  • The Dickson Interchange is the nearest light rail stop


People with disability, their families and supporters

  • $110.00 per person
  • People with disability, their family members, friends, and community members


  • $350.00 per person
  • Support workers, educators, therapists, and others in a paid role

We want everyone who is interested in Social Role Valorisation to be able to attend the Towards a Better Life event. However, we recognise that the cost of the event may prevent some people from registering.

So whether you’re a student, on a low income, or will struggle to pay the fee for any other reason, please send a message to Anne at Anne will do her best to organise a sponsored (free or low-cost) ticket for you. We promise we won’t make you jump through any hoops to prove your eligibility.

Registration closes

  • Wednesday, 22 November 2023
  • Limited places are available, so please don’t delay
  • This event will not be recorded, and there will be no replay.

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Jane Sherwin – Senior SRV Trainer

MA in Education and Work, B. Occupational Therapy, Sherwin & Associates

Portrait of Jane SherwinJane Sherwin has worked in the lives of people with disabilities and older people since the late 1970s in a range of roles and contexts.

As a consultant, Jane is a teacher/facilitator, mentor, evaluator and writer. She is a Senior Trainer in Social Role Valorisation. Jane is also a resident of a rural town in southeast Queensland, wife, aunt and great aunt, friend, neighbour, amateur photographer, bird-lover, and historical mystery fiction fan(!).

Jane’s past roles include

  • Director of Community Resource Unit (CRU)
  • Manager of a range of disability services
  • Occupational Therapist.

Amie Storer – SRV Practitioner and co-teacher

Portrait of Aime StorerAmie has worked in many roles within the community sector and brings an enthusiasm for SRV and supporting individuals to access the good things in life. She recently joined the SRV Educators Study Group and manages a community organisation anchored in SRV: Better Together.

Amie is a member of the Australian SRV Association (ASRVA) and is passionate about sharing her learnings of SRV to shape her management style and to educate her staff and community about what is possible for marginalised individuals.

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